Massachusetts Association 
of Science Teachers

Opportunities for Teachers

  • Sunday, October 28, 2018 9:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Win a Grant of $1,000 When You Show Us How You Use Social Media in the Classroom

    The Question: How are you using social media to enhance the learning experiences of your students?

    There is so much opportunity for learning using social media. We can connect with others around the world to communicate and share perspectives more than ever before, and with that comes the added concerns of credibility.

    What social media channels have you used to enhance your students’ learning environment? What have you taught your students regarding using social media for sharing information?

    Submission Requirements

    Essays must be:

    ·       Written in English

    ·       3 pages, single spaced

    ·       1,000 words, maximum

    Videos must be:

    ·       In English

    ·       2-3 minutes long

    All essays and videos must be submitted online using the submission form linked below.

    How to Enter

    Enter one of two ways:

    1.    Write a 3-page, 800 to 1000 word essay.

    2.    Create a 2-3-minute video in English.

    Submit through the online form, uploading your essay or video in the appropriate format.

    Whichever method you choose, make sure to tell us the ways in which you use social media to enhance the learning experience of your classroom.

    Two winners will be chosen and receive a prize of $1,000 each to use in their classrooms. Maybe you’d like to bring a professional speaker in to teach about the values of social media. Perhaps you’d like to purchase a laptop for the class – or maybe a couple of tablets or a projector? As long as it advances studies in your classroom, it’s eligible for this grant.

    Judging Criteria

    Again, just:

    ·       Write a 3-page, 800 to 1000 word essay or create a 2-3 minute video explaining how you’re using social media to enhance the learning experiences of your students.

    ·       Fill out the submission form on this page by 11:59 pm EST on December 3rd, 2018. ENTRIES SUBMITTED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE.

    ·       Check back in with us. The two winners will receive $1,000 each and must use these funds to purchase services or technology that aids in informing or building social media use in their classrooms. We’ll notify the winners by email and phone on or after December 7th, 2018.

    Submission Deadline

    Fill out the submission form no later than 11:59 pm EST on December 3, 2018. Late submissions will not be eligible to win.

  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018 6:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    OXFORD, Ohio (Sept. 1, 2018) – Miami University’s Project Dragonfly is accepting applications for 2019 Earth Expeditions graduate courses that offer extraordinary experiences in 16 countries throughout the world.

    Earth Expeditions can build toward the Global Field Program (GFP), a master's degree that combines summer field courses worldwide with web learning communities so that students can complete the GFP master's part-time from anywhere in the United States or abroad.

    Project Dragonfly also offers the Advanced Inquiry Program (AIP) master's degree that combines web instruction from Miami University with experiential learning and field study through several AIP Master Institutions in the U.S. Applications for Miami's 2019 cohorts are being accepted now with place-based experiences provided at zoos in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, New York, San Diego, Seattle, and St. Louis.

    Graduate tuition for all programs is greatly reduced because of support from Miami University.

  • Monday, September 17, 2018 4:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    You are invited to a three-day professional development workshop funded by the National Science Foundation to learn how advanced learning technologies can be used to empower authentic scientific inquiry and engineering design in your classroom. You will have the opportunity to work at the human-technology frontier and get firsthand experience with powerful science and engineering apps that we have been developing. Complete details at this website.

  • Tuesday, July 03, 2018 7:57 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Maria Mitchell Association will be hosting a women in STEM conference at Babson Executive Conference Center this October, in part to celebrate the birth of Maria Mitchell 200 years ago. A great slate of keynotes and panelists including Dava Sobel, Jill Tarter, Shirley Malcom and Meg Urry. Sponsors include Mt. Holyoke College, Vassar College, Dana-Farber, and many more. Here is a link to the flyer.

  • Tuesday, July 03, 2018 7:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    South Shore Natural Science Center is hosting a two week teacher workshop this summer for grade 3-5 teachers.  It is a completely free, grant-funded professional development opportunity that also will be providing a stipend, a hands-on teaching kit, and over 65 hours of PD.  We are still trying to get the word out about it and I was wondering if your connection through MAST would be willing to promote it.  Here is a link to the website where the application is available:

  • Monday, June 11, 2018 4:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are pleased to invite you to attend Boston University Photonics Center’s National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Teachers in Integrated Nanomanufacturing Curriculum Showcase on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. The showcase will be held at the Boston University Photonics Center, 8 Saint Mary’s St, Room 906, Boston, MA 02215. Several of our RET participants, from local area schools, will showcase their integration of RET developed case study curriculum in both middle and high school classrooms. We encourage teachers, administrators, STEM Community Leaders, school district officials, and science leads to join us for an exciting and informative event.

    To participate and ensure there is a light dinner for you, please register via Eventbrite:

     Please feel free to forward this invitation to interested colleagues.

     We look forward to seeing you there!

    Prof. Helen Fawcett, Co-Director

    Prof. Xin Zhang, Director


    National Science Foundation Research Experiences

    for Teachers (RET) in Integrated Nanomanufacturing

    Boston University Photonics Center

    8 Saint Mary’s St., PHO936

    Boston, MA 02215

    Tel: 857-753-1719 (Helen)


  • Friday, June 08, 2018 1:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In this six-hour workshop, beginners are introduced to basic Web GIS mapping and Story Maps applications. In the morning, participants build their own Web GIS inquiry skills by exploring data from history, literature and environmental science. Participants create and analyze research questions and uncover solutions with many diverse types of spatial data analyses and maps. In the afternoon, participants use the web-based Story Maps application to create and share story narratives based on the morning’s inquiry and analyses. Complete information can be found at the MassCUE website.

  • Friday, June 08, 2018 1:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Summer Conference 2018
    “Challenges in Teaching Chemistry” @ Middlesex School, Concord, Massachusetts
    August 17-18, 2018
    Keynote Speaker: Sam Kean
    The New York Times best-selling author of The Disappearing Spoon

    Conference Flyer 

  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018 2:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The University of New Hampshire Dept. of Engineering and the Joan and James Leitzel Center for Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Education is offering its Research Experience for Teachers in Engineering program. This is the 8th consecutive year UNH has provided this opportunity for middle and high school teachers. Please review the program description and information on teacher benefits and expectations for participation. At the bottom you will find instructions to apply for the program. There are 12 slots for this year’s program. Application review will begin on May 4 and continue until slots are filled.

    The Research Experiences for Teachers in Engineering (RETE) program is funded by the National Science Foundation's Directorate for Engineering (ENG-1711701) The specific goals for the RETE are to:

    v   Provide pre- and in-service middle school, high school, teacher-leaders with an intensive summer research experience in an engineering field related to Advanced Manufacturing.

    v   Create a community of educators, including teacher-leaders, faculty, and university graduate students, with research experience and teaching knowledge to assist one another as they develop and implement inquiry-based engineering activities.

    v   Provide access to equipment and materials for inquiry-based learning modules.

    The 2018 RETE will be held at the UNH campus in Durham, NH during the summer.  The program will run from Monday, June 25 to Friday August 3, 2018.  The duration will be six continuous weeks (there is scheduling flexibility for July 4 and vacations), with up to seven days of activities during the academic year.  Activities take place during a normal five-day per week schedule with holidays and weekends off (except where research schedule dictates).  This is a full-time commitment. Room and board (in a single-occupancy UNH dormitory) is provided for individuals wishing to stay on campus to minimize commuting time and expenses and to take full advantage of university resources (laboratories, libraries, computer clusters, etc.).   Commuters will receive a meal card loaded with some meals for lunch and for occasional dinners with the group.

     Benefits to  participating in the program include:

    v  Placement in an engineering research group, led by a UNH engineering faculty member;

    v  Conducting authentic engineering research as part of team of faculty and graduate students;

    v  Access to state-of-the art laboratory, fabrication, testing, and simulation facilities;

    v  $650/wk stipend;

    v  Room and board for residential campus experience; lunch and mileage reimbursement for commuting participants;

    v  Up to $1,000 allowance for purchase of related materials and supplies to bring engineering curriculum that you create into your classroo 

    v  Participation in a Community of Learners comprised of teachers working to bring engineering research practice into the classroom.

    v School visits by graduate students in support of your teaching

    Participant Expectations:

    v  Daily attendance and full participation in the six-week program.

    v  Daily and weekly progress toward research objectives and goals.

    v  Participation in weekly lunches to discuss research progress, transfer of research into the classroom, and curriculum enhancements to incorporate engineering research.

    v  Participation in two to three 1-day Academic Year  sessions ($125/day stipend provided) that provide time to work on transfer of research practice into teaching practice.

    v   Participation in project evaluation surveys and focus groups to determine if the RETE model is reaching its programmatic goals.

     To Apply:

    1.     Go To:

    2.     Create your User Account (You can keep this User Account to apply and register for future UNH Professional Development programs)

    3.     Complete all application materials including the File Upload requirement.

    4.     Submit

    (Note: This is the first time the RETE program is using this online Application Manager. Please report any problems directly to me as soon as you encounter them.)

  • Wednesday, May 23, 2018 2:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join the New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC) for two days of engaging workshops, field trips, network building opportunities, and speakers during the 7th biennial Ocean Literacy (OL) Summit!  

    This year's Summit will take place in Boston, MA, on November 15 and 16, 2018, hosted by the University of Massachusetts at Boston and Northeastern University Marine Science Center. The focus will be Ocean Literacy (OL) Principle #2: The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of Earth

    The call for 2018 OL Summit presenters is still open!  Professional scientists, informal and formal educators, environmental consultants, government officials, graduate students, resource managers, citizen scientists, and facilitators of citizen science are invited to present their work on the second day of the Summit (November 16, 2018). Apply to co-present during break out sessions, give a lightning talk, or present a poster. Presentations should assign with OL Principle #2 and focus on topics such as (but not limited to) biogeochemical cycles; geological links to the ocean; coastal landforms; sea level change; erosion; currents; beach dynamics; sand; sediment transport; waves; ocean acidification; and tectonic activity.

    Presentation proposals can be submitted here:

    The call for presenters will close June 1, 2018.  

    Questions? Please contact

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